20 Jun, 2017
The Journal of Commerce recently published an article entitled Build Together gives tradeswomen a unified voice by staff writer Kathleen Renne.
For the past 11 years, Stacey Benedictson has worked as a welder in Alberta. She discovered the trade after getting a job as a labourer in a shop. “I found welding really relaxing,” says Benedictson.
She is part of only four per cent of Canada’s skilled construction trade workforce comprised of women. That’s a number Build Together, a program of Canada’s Building Trades Unions, would like to see increase.
“Other industries and sectors, the military, law enforcement, etc., have surpassed 15 per cent female representation. The number of women in construction has remained unchanged for years. The tradeswomen of Build Together, together with industry support, plan to change this,” states Build Together’s website.
The program started in 2013 and brought tradeswomen together, many of whom were already involved in the recruitment of women to the trades.
“Build Together gave them a unified voice. They created a community of ambassadors and advocates across the country,” explains Lindsay Amundsen, who heads up workforce development for Canada’s Building Trades Unions.